Saturday, July 01, 2006
Three years ago my husband and I took a vacation to Glacier Park in Montana. There were no glaciers. My husband was really bummed out, having flown across the country to see them. I teased him endlessly, thinking he had taken the name of the park too literally. After seeing Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth, I now realize why there were no glaciers in Glacier Park. To understand why check out http://www.climatecrisis.net/thescience/
I owe my husband an apology. I also owe it to future generations to do my part to preserve what is left of the earth's treasures, so they do not disappear the way the glaciers in Glacier park did. I also urge you to help by viewing http://www.climatecrisis.net/takeaction/
With the odd weather we had this week, I couldn't help but remember Al Gore's warnings. Just this week alone massive rains flooded upstate New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, while Texas suffered severe drought. http://www.newsday.com/news/local/state/ny-stbing304800987jun30,0,7639032.story
In Suffolk County Long Island, residents couldn't swim at many beaches because the overflow from the rains caused a rise in the bacteria in the ocean water.
In a separate incident in Nassau county, NY, West Hempstead and Garden City South residents were warned not to use their water supply to drink, cook, bathe, swim, or even brush their teeth because of a chemical that got mixed into the ground water from an oil or gas leak.
The environmental crisis is hitting home. Every American citizen should see An Inconvenient Truth to start a national dialog about the dangers of neglecting our environment and what we can do about it.